Kruger National Park readies for reopening accommodation facilities

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  South Africa’s National Parks (SANParks), in its latest statement said it was preparing for a recall of its hospitality staff and embarking on a a phased-in approach in the reopening of its overnight facilities. this comes after the most recent announcement of  President Cyril Ramaphosa that accommodation providers could resume operations. This means that tourism in Mpumalanga can once again benefit as it includes the very popular Kruger National Park. SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni,  said the President’s brought good news to SANParks and many nature lovers who for the…

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KNP self drive guidelines reminder during level 3 of the lock down

The Kruger National Park (KNP) Management would like to remind Day Visitors to the Park, from 18 June 2020 to continue to adhere to the Covid 19 Health Protocols as outlined by government especially on the social distancing aspect when travelling for self-drive excursions. National Parks, of which the KNP is one of opened their gates on 8 June 2020 after the country moved to Level 3 of the lockdown as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2020. The Managing Executive of the KNP, Gareth Coleman said the general…

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One positive COVID 19 case recorded in KNP

A French tourist in the Kruger National Park (KNP) had been tested positive for the Corona virus. According to a SANParks statement, the tourist was part of a group of six who had booked a two-night stay in the KNP. The group arrived in the country on  March 14, entering the KNP three days later on  March 17, departing on  March 19. Before leaving the KNP one of the tourists, a 25-year-old male, consulted the resident medical doctor in the KNP for what was initially suspected to be a malaria…

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Kruger Park rangers start 2020 off on high note with major arrests

Another poached rhino in the Kruger National Park in SA

Seven suspected poachers had met their match in the Kruger National Park rangers who, in nine days, during the New Year anti-poaching campaign. Three  were arrested on January 2  in the Lower Sabie / Skukuza area of the Park after an extended day long follow-up operation by rangers, supported by K9 and air wing rapid reaction units. Heavy caliber hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment were recovered. The second group of another three suspects were arrested on January 7 by a joint Stolznek and Pretoriuskop ranger team, supported by K9…

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Access for KNP day visitors during the 2019 festive season – pre-bookings necessary

The coming festive season in KNP is officially starting on Friday, 13 December 2019 until Tuesday, 14 January 2020. The Kruger National Park (KNP) would institute quotas for day visitors again at entrance gates. Time slots are: Slot 1: 05:30 to 07:30 Slot 2: 07:30 to 09:30 Slot 3: 09:30 on-wards The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates”, said the KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, Ike Phaahla. The Day Visitor Quota for the…

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STROOP wins 26th film award

The multiple award-winning wildlife crime thriller, ‘STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War’ received its 26th award this past weekend when the documentary’s filmmakers, Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod were honoured with the SANParks Kudu Award for Best Television Journalism for 2018/2019. Hosted annually, the Kudu Award is one of the country’s top conservation prizes given by the South African National Parks (SANParks) to recognise conservationists including SANParks staff, NGO partners and the media. According to Fundisile Mketeni, SANParks CEO, “Awareness of conservation issues is of vital importance…

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Kruger Park roads temporarily closed for demolition of Kanniedood Dam

THE Kruger National Park (KNP), in conjunction with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would demolished the remaining part of Kanniedood Dam south east of Shingwedzi Camp. The remaining section of this dam would be blown up on in sections from today (Friday, Nov 29) to December 6. It is part of the rehabilitation process of the Expanded Public Works, Biodiversity Social Programme. To ensure safety of tourists, all roads in the areas would be temporarily during this time.A Affected roads are the S50 gravel road which would be…

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Accident in KNP – visitors injured and giraffe killed

VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES FOUR PEOPLE AND CLAIMS GIRAFFE’S LIFE A vehicle with 13 day visitors on their way to Letaba was involved in an accident North of Mopani in the Kruger National Park (KNP).  Preliminary reports indicate that a giraffe stepped into the road and the combi hitting. The giraffe fell on top of a  rented safari vehicle with two occupants. The driver of the rental vehicle, a Swiss national was seriously injured and the passenger suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel rushed to the scene of the accident where the…

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